Written By: Adam Dince
In November of 2016, we will elect the next President of the United States. I tend to not write or post political musings, but I couldn’t resist this one. I audited the Twitter following of the remaining candidates to determine who has the most authentic following, then rank ordered them. The scores below show the percentage of real accounts following each candidate.
Percentage of real Twitter followers per each candidate
For example, Bernie Sanders scores highest at 89% and Donald Trump edges out Hillary Clinton for last place at 76%.
The inverse is true about fake accounts following each candidate. Subtract the percentages in the infographic from 1 to identify the percentage of followers from fake Twitter accounts.
For example, Donald Trump: 1-76% = 24% of Trump’s followers are from fake (not real) Twitter accounts.
More detail on candidate Twitter followers
- While Donald Trump has the highest % of fake followers, he has the largest number of real followers. In fact, the number of Trump’s total real following is 18% greater than Hillary Clinton’s
- It is common for celebrities to attract a higher number of fake accounts. This could explain Trump’s and Clinton’s lower audit scores
- This is a data informed article, no personal opinions or biases are included